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Motor Bike Accident Claims: The Amounts of UK Compensation For RTA Motorcycle Injuries

In this article we set out the most common types of injury you can suffer in a motor bike accident; how much you can expect to receive in compensation (head impact, back injury, arm and leg fractures, psychological damage); why severe injuries are common and how a compensation calculator determines average payouts for multiple injuries .

Why are you likely to suffer severe injuries in a motor bike accident?

Motor bikes are relatively small vehicles and provide little protection to the rider in a collision.

When hit by a larger vehicle the force absorbed by the motor bike and rider can be immense leading to traumas, such as broken bones and head injuries.

When you suffer severe physical injuries in a traumatic event you will often suffer a psychiatric injury.

What are the most common types of injury you can suffer in a motor bike accident and how much money will you receive for each?

In the United Kingdom all of your personal injuries must be described by a medical expert in a report if you wish to include them in your compensation claim.

At the time of writing this article the approximate amounts of motor accident compensation you could claim for some common types of bike injury, include:

Look out – we include a link to our must up-to-date article with compensation awards for each body type.

1. Compensation for Head Injuries in a Motorcycle Accident

Despite wearing a protective helmet a head injury is still quite common in a motor bike accident – the amount of compensation you can claim depends upon the severity of your initial pain, the length of time your pain lasts and whether any brain injury has taken place.

Examples of head injury average compensation payout amounts

Minor head injury with pain for a few weeks to a few years will lead to a settlement between: £1,900 to £11,000

A claim calculator for a head injury leading to minor brain injury with continuing problems such as a personality change is: £13,000 to £38,000

The most severe brain injury can lead to average payouts of: up to £354,000

See our up-to-date head injury compensation article for revised payout amounts.

2. Compensation for Motorcycle Accident Back Injuries

The amount of money you will receive for your back injury in a motorcycle accident will depend upon the severity of your initial pain, the length of time you suffered pain, whether there was damage to the vertebrae of your spine and the if so the extent of the damage.

Examples of back injury compensation amounts

Average payouts for back damage with minor pain up to two years: up to £6,900

Back injury with minor pain up to five years will give compensation monies of: £6,900 to £11,000

Compensation calculators for back injuries which involve permanent disability, fractured vertebrae and a disc prolapse give an average payout of: up to £141,000

If paraplegia (paralysis affecting the lower part of your body) is caused by your back injury your settlement will likely be calculated at: £192,000 – £249,000

If your back injury causes quadriplegia (partial of total paralysis of all your limbs) a claim calculator for your pain and suffering would give rise to a claim between: £284,000 – £354,000

Updated compensation amounts – see our updated back injury compensation and paralysis compensation amounts articles.

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3. Compensation for Forearm Injuries in a Motor Bike Accident

There are two bones in your forearm known as the ulna and radius. They can be fractured in a simple or complicated manner.

A complicated fracture is one which is not clean or simple and will normally need some form of surgery to remedy.

The amount of compensation you can claim for your forearm injury depends on how long your pain lasts, whether your fracture was simple or complicated and whether you suffer permanent disability.

Examples of forearm injury compensation amounts

Simple fracture of forearm with a small ongoing disability or deformity will lead to an average payout of: £5,800 – £16,800

Complicated fracture of forearm causing significant ongoing disability will lead to a compensation calculator for your pain of between: £16,800 – £34,400

If the fracture is more severe and leads to permanent disability or even amputation you can claim settlement compensation of: up to £115,000

Compensation calculator update – see our arm injury compensation payouts article.

4. Compensation for a motor bike accident leg injury

Your leg has several different bones that can be injured in a bike accident, but when it comes to the ankle, the knee and the hip – valuations can be complicated.

We shall look at injuries to the long bones only – two in the lower leg known as the tibia and fibula and one in the upper leg known as the femur.

Examples of the amounts of RTA injury compensation you can claim for leg injury:

Simple fracture to tibia or fibula with complete recovery will lead to an average payout of: up to £8,000

A compensation calculator for a simple fracture of femur with complete recovery is between: £8,000 – £12,400

Fractures with incomplete recovery will lead to a settlement of: up to £24,000

More severe injuries to the legs can be worth: up to £119,000

If amputation is necessary: up to £247,000

Leg injury compensation update – see our updated article leg injury compensation payout amounts article.

5. Damages Compensation for RTA Psychiatric Injury

One of the more common psychiatric injuries following a traumatic event is known as “post traumatic stress disorder”.

During a traumatic motor bike accident you may have experienced horror, intense fear and a feeling of helplessness.

After such a road accident you may have difficulty concentrating, sleeping and you may persistently re-experience the trauma of the accident finding you pulse racing and difficulty breathing.

These symptoms can affect: your ability to cope with life and work, your personality and relationships with friends and family.

A psychiatric report is necessary to prove post traumatic stress disorder and calculating the amount of compensation you can claim can be complex.

Examples of damages compensation for psychiatric injury following a motorcycle accident:

Post traumatic stress disorder with main symptoms lasting up to 2 years  – you could expect a settlement between: £3,000 – £7,200

The claim calculator for a most severe post traumatic stress disorder – up to £88,000

Legal update – see the our PTSD compensation article for the latest compensation amounts you can claim for psychological injury.

How is your overall UK compensation claim calculated if you suffer multiple injuries in a motor bike accident?

Unfortunately, in the UK the amount of each of your injuries is not simply added together to give your overall compensation.

You look to the value for the worst injury and use any other injuries to push that injury to the higher end of its “value bracket”.

For example – if you had a back injury with pain for 3 years and minor post traumatic stress.

Back injury with pain up to 5 years is worth compensation of £6,900 to £11,000 – known as its “value bracket”. Minor post traumatic stress is worth compensation of £3,000 – £7,200.

To calculate the amount of compensation for all of your injuries – look at the largest value bracket of £6,900 – £11,000 and claim that the post traumatic stress should push your compensation to the higher end of this bracket: the £11,000 figure.

Your solicitor may instruct a barrister to assist in calculating the amount of compensation you can claim if you have multiple injuries – if so ask to see a copy of the barrister’s advice so you can be happy with the compensation valuation.

Motor Bike Accident Compensation Summary And Next Steps

You have seen the types of serious injury a motor bike accident can lead to, examples of the amounts of the compensation you can claim for each and how to calculate the compensation payout you are entitled to when you suffer multiple injuries.

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